What kind of time commitment should I expect? That's up to you. In a given season, some umpires work as many as 200 games and some as little as a few games. Time spent studying the rules can add to the time dedicated to umpiring, but this is at the discretion of each individual umpire.
How much money can I make? The pay varies from league to league and according to the level of play. We also offer excellent incentive packages for games work, new umpires recruited, etc.
What's needed to get started? We will guide you through the entire process, which starts with contacting Umpires NW. Next, a uniform and equipment are required. We will walk you through this process:
A uniform shirt/pants can cost as little as $70 and an equipment starter package will run as low as $100. (See our list of equipment suppliers for more information.)
For the budget conscious, secondhand equipment is available to new members at a fraction of the cost. We also have used equipment for high school and college students can use during the season (no cost). Umpires usually find the initial outlay of cash for equipment and apparel negligible compared to the potential income from game fees or Umpires NW can do a starter package as a game draw (no up front funds needed)
Additionally, clinics and training materials are optional expenses. Sports-officials insurance is available from third-party organizations such as the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) and the Amateur Baseball Umpires Association (ABUA).
As an umpire in Washington, your independent-contractor status makes these expenses tax-deductible.
Do I have to have playing experience prior to umpiring? NO. Your dedication to the sport and desire to be part of it is all that is required.
Do I have to take a test? Attend training? As part of the our training, we hold classes with our new umpires to ensure they understand their role as an umpire. Regular, intense training is provided by UNW to improve our umpires' skill levels.
What levels of baseball or softball can I umpire? Experience, skill, dedication and hustle influence games assigned. The opportunities available to Umpires NW umpires range from Little League to adult and/or college.
Will I receive feedback? Your performance on the field directly correlates to your satisfaction with umpiring. Providing you with feedback is a priority for our association and we make every effort to make that feedback worthwhile.
Is there a minimum age? The minimum age is 16 to work most games. However, UNW will train 13-16 young people who will work with an adult on games.
Must I be physically fit? Umpiring can be as strenuous as playing. We require that umpires are able to arrive at plays quickly so the best judgment is applied to every situation.
How much travel is involved? Umpires find that game sites are not far from where they live or work. Travel is always left to the preference of the individual umpire. The location of your job and home can influence these preferences. Some Umpires, however, find better variety and quality-of-play as an incentive for additional travel.
Would I be an employee of the Umpires NW? NO. We are merely an education association to train umpires for leagues, tournament and other baseball/softball programs. As an umpire, you are considered an independent contractor. Your independent contractor status gives you the bonus of tax deductibility of your expenses.